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Over the Edge Radio

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Over The Edge Radio Archive (Seeland 031). Negativland's live mix radio show "Over The Edge" has been the longest-running block of free-form audio collage in radio history. With Negativland's Don Joyce at the helm, the weekly show was broadcast from KPFA FM in Berkeley California from 1981 to 2015. His death on July 22, 2015 closed a very large and long chapter in the group's history.

Here is how Don and Negativland described Over The Edge in texts drawn from over three decades of promoting the show:

"OTE's weekly themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air from a variety of formats and equipment used to do live sound cut ups and collage while mixing, including the frequent use of the now long dead analog technology of radio broadcast cart machines. On each themed episode of OTE there is a plan and there is no plan. Existing within the parallel universe of the Universal Media Netweb, the OTE mix consists of found sounds of many kinds from many sources put together on the run as the continuous audio collage progresses, along with live electronics (often from our Boopers), live sound processing, and all sorts of reccuring themes, topics and characters. Some of the shows involve all of Negativland, while some involve others outside of our group who participate semi-regularly. Beyond those, there are regular solo show broadcasts by Negativland member Don Joyce, who is the FCC license holder and responsible for filling the radio slot each week. All in all, if you like Negativland, you will like these shows, no matter who is involved, as they all maintain a "Negativ" touch based on our live mixing techniques. OTE often employs “Receptacle Programming,” which means you. Phone callers are punched into our mix with no warning. Call 510-848-4425 to deposit your programming. When your phone stops ringing, you’re on the air. Don’t say 'hello'."

A good overview of Over The Edge, Negativland, and Don Joyce's legacy can be found at this link.

Don's detailed 1995 essay about "Over The Edge."

For an informative bio on Negativland's past, present, and future, try this link.

Besides Negativland's many studio recordings, over the years a small selection of Over The Edge shows have been carefully edited into CD releases, often with elaborate packaging, and can be found here.

For updates on what the group is currently up to try Negativland's Facebook page.

NOTE 1: This archive began in September of 2015 by posting 941 three-to-five-hour-long episodes of Over The Edge from Don’s own personal air checks. That's over 3200 hours of live radio. There are still gaps in this archive to be filled over time (especially the early years. The 2015 shows will go live soon), so please contact Negativland at ote@negativland if you have any shows that we are missing. When you do, put "OTE" in the subject line. Our spam filters are set on high, and anything not having that tag will be junked. We're figuring that spam robots are not yet sophisticated enough to understand this paragraph, so we should be safe for a while.

NOTE 2: Individual show descriptions found here are mostly written by Don, but if a show description is missing and you’d like to contribute one, write it up as a "review" of the episode and let us know that you posted it. We are working on new and better ways to search this archive, and if you have ideas about that, drop us a line. And if you are that person who listens to every single show up here, however many years it takes you, please tell us!

NOTE 3: From 1981 to 1985, Over The Edge was on Sunday nights from 2am to 7pm. From 1985 onwards, the show has been on Thursday nights from midnight until either 3am or 5am, depending on which week of the month it was. The show was never on for the first week of each month, which is why there are never 52 shows in any given year.

NOTE 4: Though Over The Edge and Receptacle Programming continues to exist, evolve, and is still broadcasting each week on KPFA FM, this archive consists of the episodes helmed by Don Joyce. Once we have all of 2015 up, it will end on the episode broadcast immediately after his passing, "There Is No Don."

"To create is divine. To reproduce is human." - Man Ray.

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Over the Edge Radio
Jul 4, 1986 Over the Edge
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Over the Edge: Fourth of July. Originally aired July 4th, 1986 on KPFA radio. Runtime 2h:42m:28s. This surviving example from the early days of receptacle programming has patriotic callers of interesting persuasions competing for holiday attention. A live audio mix of American cultural types pressed together along with the fervent patriotism sustaining them. From the Credibility Gap's Nixon to Jonathan Winters' wealthy industrialist, and that subversive Rock & Roll everywhere. A theatrical...
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Over the Edge Radio
Feb 1, 1987
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Crosley Bendix hosts this semi-regular painters only call-in show. A variety of virtual and unknown fine art painters get advice from Crosley on the air about their jobs - from concepts to techniques, from style to price, from form to formlessness, with tangents ranging from the ridiculous to the absurdly ridiculous. This show was the germ of the later recurring "All Art Radio" shows. This one is a solid unscreened talk radio format relieved by a mix of visual artists speaking at...
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Over the Edge Radio
Nov 1, 1988
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Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Sep 1, 1991
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Over the Edge Radio
Sep 1, 1991
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio Receptacle
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Over the Edge Radio
Feb 1, 1993
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Crosley Bendix hosts another edition of radio "by, for, and about artists". In a fresh attempt to popularize the subject, Mr. B begins with an exciting fictional art mystery offering cash prizes, mixed with various real life adventures in art crime. This phases into Receptacle input and overlapping material on Andy Warhol, Robert Irwin on perception, the fastest painter in the world, and all art music. Crosley gets behind the phones for another "Paint Line", dedicated...
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Jul 1, 1993
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Over the Edge Radio
Sep 1, 1993
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Omer Edge returns to the studio from the Lucky Muck Swamp he was in for the Roswell show (Nov. '91) and realizes he is the victim of "missing time" (about 2 years?). Another recorded memo from Howland's Retro-History Project explains and confuses everything. This show deals with all kinds of material relating to the UFO abductions phenomenon, drawing from radio and TV features on UFO's, UFOlogist interviews, other broadcasts covering the subject (principally Art Bell's syndicated late...
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Apr 1, 1994
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Mutilation
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
May 1, 1994
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Includes Subgenius bit at the end
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Apr 11, 1996
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On secret orders from Mr. Friday, I made a trip to London and returned with several hand picked radio consultants from the BBC. All these actual English speaking people are here from London to make the Netweb better, elevate programming, and make OTE actually tops in no-top broadcasting. Hosted by famous American, Earthworm Jim, everybody's on mike commenting on form, style, American quirks, and tea, dunking in and out of a nice, busy mix of all British voices, actualities, disk jockey pranks,...
Over the Edge Radio
Mar 1, 1998
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A wide ranging, interwoven collage of the avant guard and others from the early to late 20th Century (skipping a whole lot of course.) The earliest Dadaists recorded their rants, Barbara Streisand explains the problems of art in song, Duchamp, Man Ray, and John Cage speak, contemporary art critics debate the merits, multiple Stockhausens, Andy Warhol from his own tapes, Velvet music, Russian transplant artist Melamid tries to find out what kind of art American's want, Crosley Bendix and his...
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Jun 1, 1998
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This final in a series, like the other two, is being sent live to London, England via our semi- phone fidelity teletour box to a temporary art thing radio station, Resonance FM. It's a loopy breakfast thing because it airs from 8 to 11 am in England. Lots of good piggy mixing between Negativland's "Smelly Water" (a studio remix/collaboration of/with Chumbawamba's "Drip, Drip, Drip"), Bob and Ray's "House of Toast," a report by Raymond Bien, President of General...
Topic: Series: Fake Bacon Breakfast Loop
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 1, 1998
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A show about jamming corporate America and corporate culture. Heavy doses of an Australian National Radio production on culture jamming, including RTMARK's escapades, Negativland, Adbusters, and more. Mixed in is a debate on pirate radio and micro broadcasting with the founder of Radio Free Berkeley, a nasty in-house record made about radio KCMU's change of format, Mark Hosler interviewed at Plunderpalooza, RTMARK calls in, Dr. Noway of One World Advertising reads an important notification of...
Over the Edge Radio
Apr 1, 1999
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With a lot of clipped help from a CBC feature recently broadcast in Canada, we present the history of noise in modern music. From the beginning of this century till this, it's very end, noise has made a historic impact in the audible arts. Through early realizations of the noisy industrial environment and the W.W. I influence, Dada and the early collagists, noise among the early avant guard composers, tape and electronics, and on and on through the recent industrial and electronica movements,...
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 29, 2001
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5 hours of art that grabs and some that doesn't, from the earliest cave men and their women interns doing radio shows without batteries from remote cave wall exhibitions, to Elizathan times and their sanctioned jesters, and our modern answer to all that, movies. this is the entire theatrical history of wo-man, right up to David Lean and David Lynch. The soundtrack to Jill Sharpe's Culture Jam film pops in throughout, including the Billboard Liberation Front and Reverend Billy, along with the...
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
May 19, 2005
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All Art Radio returns to the air every few years just to see if there is any need for it yet. This time we focus on painting and Manet's career in particular, including the role of French painting in establishing the very idea of avant guard art. Manet's Olympia set the stage for art formula subversion and social taboo breaking that has remained a major impetus in modern art ever since. Meanwhile, modern artists, critics, and commentators debate all the latest spawns of art that shocks and...
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
May 26, 2005
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Over the Edge: Still All Art Radio
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Jun 9, 2005
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This is entirely about early to late 60s pop art and music. Mainly, this is about Andy Warhol's career in art, from commercial illustrator to high art guru, and how the concept of popularized celebrity entered the NYC fine art world, along with the seriously impressive work that expressed it, changing American art forever. Listen to Bob Dylan (the other 60s pop artist featured extensively here) making "Like A Rolling Stone." Watch extremely boring movies that resulted from turning on...
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Jun 16, 2005
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After piles of artist complaints about Andy Warhol, we return to our traditional ALL art formula for artists only, where every artist can find an artist to like. Ranging from Samuel Morse the painter, early Surrealism, comic painters, and there's Andy again, to David Lynch's sight and sound, and landscape painting, we are once again on track with everything everybody wants.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Jun 23, 2005
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The neglected art of drawing by kids and adults leads this march of all art. A photographer whose subjects are dead people in the morgue runs into social resistance, an artist's poll of paintings people want painted, David Ross expounds on art's changing parameters, Mark Pauline's art of mechanical destruction, and once it gets late enough, more dirty words in one place than you've ever heard before.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Jun 30, 2005
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A 5 hour compilation of all art continues this series, patching a fast and bumpy fabric together from multiple 50s science fiction stories about art, painting and the Cold War, Salvador Dali, contemporary debates on what's art and why, the history of American art genres, and art music galore.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Sep 29, 2005
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This five hour edition moves on and on with all our continuing radio characters like Negativland doing an interminably incompetent broadcast from WNUR, Evanston Ill. while on tour in 2000, the continuing free-dum saga of Howard Stern, an entry from "Another UFO" in which Art Bell is debunked and Jackie Gleeson interrogates the author of a 50s UFO book on the Long John Neble Show, Chris Morris with "On The Hour" from the early 90s BBC, People Like Us, and more.
Topic: Series: How Radio Isn't Done
Negativland Ephemera
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Doing its best to harbinge the demise of all "cool" and "hip" artforms over the last 25 years (look where Siderealism went after OTE got a hold of it in 1988...) Over the Edge Radio will skillfully toss into the Dustbins of History's Musical Curiosities the current craze of Circuit Bending. Look and listen no further, for once it has reached, kicking and twitching, to OTE Radio's superfluous & souped-up host and late-nite media personality "Izzy Isn't", there...
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Topics: negativland, circuit bending, univac, bending, Over The Edge, Radio, Freeform, Big City Orchestra,...
Over the Edge Radio
Oct 23, 2009
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Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 13, 2009
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Over the Edge Radio
Nov 20, 2009
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Over the Edge Radio
Nov 27, 2009
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio The Future of Past
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 11, 2009
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Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 17, 2009
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio The Art Line
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 18, 2009
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Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Jan 15, 2010
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Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Jan 22, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
Jan 29, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
Feb 12, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
Feb 19, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
Feb 26, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
Mar 12, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
Mar 19, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
Apr 9, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
Apr 16, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
Apr 23, 2010
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Our trio of guests play together without me for the first 45 minutes, then I join in the mix for the rest of the show. This is all an intense mashmix of The Beatles and everything they did in and out of music from beginning to end. Our sounds are made exclusively from Beatles material of all kinds and a few covers, including the amazing Rutles. A live and lively group mix that does not let up. -- Don Joyce
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Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Apr 30, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
May 14, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
May 21, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio NegaHeaven
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Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
May 27, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 4, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 11, 2010
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 18, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio
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Over the Edge Radio
Jun 25, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio
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Over the Edge Radio
Jul 2, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio
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Over the Edge Radio
Jul 23, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio
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Over the Edge Radio
Jul 30, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio
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Over the Edge Radio
Aug 6, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio Cage
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Over the Edge Radio
Aug 13, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio
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Over the Edge Radio
Aug 20, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio
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Over the Edge Radio
Aug 27, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio
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Over the Edge Radio
Sep 10, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio All Bruce
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Sep 17, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio Beatniks
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Over the Edge Radio
Sep 24, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio
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Over the Edge Radio
Oct 1, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Dylan
Over the Edge Radio
Oct 15, 2010
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Over the Edge: All Art Radio
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Over the Edge Radio
Oct 29, 2010
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Music falls off the front of our All Art stage as we intermix musical jabs and jibes, tributes to the form, techniques and guides to making better music, mixing a radio edit of dance music, Walt Disneys introduction to music and the individual--instruments making it, and Receptacle music.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 19, 2010
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Laden with art manifestos, we lead off with the Futurist Manifesto and the writings of Marinetti, the Futurist esthetic of speed and denial, Moma paintings described for the blind, artists describe their work and process, and Gregory Whitehead analyzes the scream at length and in depth on the radio with callers screaming.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 26, 2010
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On this Thanksgiving night, The Credibility Gap reviews the Rose Bowl parade as it happens, artist manifestos are continued, paintings and painters are described, Crosley Bendix is back for a rare cultural review in which he does his best to confuse you, and lots of esoteric audio art and art music throughout. -- Don Joyce
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 10, 2010
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In and out and back again. This continuously resewing patchwork of art audio includes a lengthy description of how to make your own microphones out of cheaply available common materials, Terry Riley and Michael McClure collaborate, various artists and their work are described, and a walk through paintings at the Museum of Modern Art.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Jan 14, 2011
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Art on the radio continues with artist interviews and descriptions of work while the philosophy of Kant is disputed. Museum directors speak, Mr. Keene solves an old radio painting forgery, and a busy receptacle input throughout.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Jan 21, 2011
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With a nod to sex and Congressional censorship of art, we ramble through Bertrand Russell, art seen on the moon, an artists statement, Steve Martin on writing and creativity, artist interviews, and painting descriptions.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Jan 28, 2011
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With a recurring emphasis on Jackson Pollock (including a 50s interview with the man) and his wife, Lee Krasner, we also move through art museum architecture, designing products, other painter interviews, dueling painting descriptions, and a robot bassoonist.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Feb 11, 2011
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Ringo singing out of tune with Melanies What have They Done To My Song begins this edition, followed by artist interviews and art descriptions, some very early radio work by The Firesign Theatre, Enos visual work, and a womans music with her synthesizer in and out of commercials.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Feb 18, 2011
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Beginning with Mingus, some jazz talk, and - Certain Men - a new Weatherman work mixed live, we move through an essay, Radio Music, by Jon Leidecker read by a computer, and various other art related talk and music. Lots of Receptacle callers.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Feb 25, 2011
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Rebellion and rebels in modern art is touched on throughout, as well as David Ossman's fight with NPR over John Cage and his collage radio show in the 80s, more interviews with artists, the art of fashion design, literary criticism, and The Firesign Theatre on the air.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Mar 11, 2011
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Adam Shaw joins me to mix this tribute to a single artist, The Weatherman. With fully explained, on-the-air technical difficulties, we hook up with The Weatherman in Washington state via his computer there, plus his own self live on our phone. We cover a whole lot of Weatherman works, early and late, and keep a running commentary going with him via phone. A rare appearance.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Mar 18, 2011
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After a welcoming song by Allen Ginsberg, we range through a Dada inspired collage of Dada poems and other more modern vocal sounds and noises. Then its audio art pieces with commentary by artists and critics, - artist interviews, more music, more noise, and The Firesign Theatre brings us Art of the Insane.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
Over the Edge Radio
Mar 25, 2011
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A wide ranging mix of found sound relating to what art might be, including cartoon cell collecting from The Howard Stern Show, interviews with painters and sculptors old and new, critics commentary, descriptions of works, audio art pieces, and heavy traffic on our receptacle phones.
Topic: Series: All Art Radio